[Short but sweet] Princess of mini dramas, Kim Seul-gi
by Guest Beanie
Splish Splash Love
Hello everyone. I know we were supposed to talk about mini dramas and drama specials, but I am here to expand on that idea by not just giving you my favorite mini dramas but also my favorite mini drama actor… Kim Seul-gi.
Now, I know you may all be saying, “RamyunIsTheName, I’ve seen your track record and in almost every single post you make, you find a way to talk about Kim Seul-gi. What’s up with you?” The answer is simple… I’m in love with her (duh). With that cleared up and out of the way, I want to share my unbiased opinion on why Kim Seul-gi has a track record of excellence.
Splish Splash Love has to be the most popular drama–to date–that Kim Seul-gi has starred in as a main character. It is a story that is as old as time, but with that certain Kim Seul-gi flare that fans have come to expect.
Splish Splash Love
In the drama, Kim Seul-gi plays Jang Dan-bi, a high school senior struggling through life; trying to find out exactly who she is and what she’s good at. She’s on the cusp of adulthood and scared senseless without a purpose or goals for the future. One fateful day, she’s on her way to take the biggest exam of her high school life when she’s transported to Joseon-era Korea where she meets King Yi Do.
As Dan-bi tries to find her place in this story, and save the kingdom and herself from certain ruin, there are all sorts of antics. Along the way she finds love, but more importantly she starts to understand her strengths and who she is as a person.
The drama in description sounds daunting but something about the way Kim Seul-gi acts out her character brought life and joy into the role. It makes it very hard not to fall for her! This drama could have become hackneyed and just another cliched time travel drama, but it became a fan favorite due to how well the actors played their parts (along with great writing and directing, of course).
Queen of the Ring
The next mini drama series where Kim Seul-gi shone would be Queen of the Ring costarring Ahn Hyo-seop. In that drama, she plays Mo Nan-hee–a college student who comes from a lineage of “ugly” women. She hates her face and wants to make the school heartthrob, Park Se-gun (Ahn Hyo-seop), fall for her. Her mother gives her a magic ring that’s been passed down for generations to help her fulfill her wishes. This ring has the power to turn the wearer into their crush’s ideal woman. Calamity ensues when Nan-hee finds out that when she wears the ring, in Se-gun’s eyes, she turns into Nan-hee’s gorgeous best friend.
Nan-hee now has to find a way to make Se-gun fall for her as just her normal “ugly” self. The story itself touches on heavy things including anxiety, self-esteem, and societal pressures to look beautiful. Even with all that, the drama is so artfully done that every point lands on its target and pulls right on the heartstrings while also making you laugh and cringe.
My last favorite isn’t a mini drama per se, but it was cut short so I’ll include it here: Surplus Princess. Yes, even with its shortened run it’s technically longer than most mini dramas (it had ten episodes) but since it was cut short we’re not letting it fall through the cracks. It was also the drama that officially introduced me to Kim Seul-gi after SNL: Korea so I’m rolling with it.
Now, Surplus Princess wasn’t technically written around Kim Seul-gi but she stood out so much that the story might as well have been only about her. Kim Seul-gi masterfully took on the role of character Ahn Hye-young, a mukbang prodigy who dreams of becoming an actress. As the most insightful member of Surplus Boarding house, she’s the first person to notice that Jo Boa’s character is actually a mermaid in search for the love of her life. Seul-gi’s portrayal of Hye-young was a shining point in the drama. Hye-young was a dedicated and quirky new age woman who was proud of her abilities–and tough enough to dominate the boys. Plus we all know that we came for Song Jae-rim’s abs, but stayed for Kim Seul-gi and Nam Joo-hyuk’s romance.
Honestly, that’s what’s so great about Kim Seul-gi and what she does with her characters in these mini drama series. She brings a lesson to whatever she does, whether it’s learning to embrace the future or learning to embrace yourself. Her work helps you to laugh and cringe in secondhand embarrassment and in that way you connect with her and learn how to connect with yourself. To be able to teach a lesson and connect with someone in only a handful of episodes is a talent. That talent is what separates Kim Seul-gi from the rest. It’s why she needs to be crowned princess of mini dramas.
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